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Opening remarks from the chair 

Brigid Clark, Senior Associate, Maddocks 


Panel: Raising the bar: Career advice from industry trailblazers

Be inspired by an incredible line-up of female leaders who are making a mark in the legal sector. In this engaging panel, hear from successful women who have smashed through the glass ceiling and will discuss:  

  • How to overcome unconscious bias and indirect discrimination  
  • Breaking through the boys club network and developing your client base 
  • Overcoming the challenges of traditional work models 
  • Advice for being taken seriously in a corporate environment  
  • How to build your personal brand to become successful in the legal sector 

Alicia AlburyProperty Partner and Diversity and Inclusion ChampionMaddocks
Gitanjali BajajPartner, DLA Piper
Julie MillsHead of Workplace Learning and Expertise CounselAshurst
Kate O’GradyDirectorWatts McCray 

Brigid Clark, Senior Associate, Maddocks 


Leading as a champion of change  

The advancement of women lawyers begins with leaders paving the way for change in a male-dominated industry. What practical actions can leaders do to encourage diversity?  

  • What does an inclusive culture look like and how can firms and organisations improve? 
  • How to engage men in the debate  
  • Overcoming the cultural barriers to achieve equality in the workplace  

Anne-Marie Allgrove, Partner, Baker McKenzie 


Morning tea refreshments


How to balance your career and personal life 

Pursuing personal goals and family requirements can be a struggle when you are balancing a demanding career at the same time. How can you successfully reach your personal and career goals without burning out? 

  • Creating a strong support system both in and out of work  
  • Managing expectations and setting boundaries  
  • Best practices for time management and juggling requirements  
  • Continuing career advancement whilst managing home responsibilities 

Christa Lenard, Partner, K&L Gates 


Panel: How to apply flexible work practices to drive industry change

Although many firms and organisations promote flexible work arrangements, there continues to be a discord between accommodating family requirements and the long hours and competitiveness demanded by the profession. How do these initiatives need to evolve to fully support flexible working? How can you take advantage of flexible hours without being sidelined? This panel will discuss: 

  • How to evolve traditional work models to develop a more agile and flexible legal profession  
  • How can leaders provide meaningful maternity leave and parental support? 
  • Overcoming the barriers between flexible work arrangements and continued career advancement 
  • Moving beyond an industry culture that values long hours and presenteeism  
  • What can firms do to make flexible work models more effective? 

Robert Cutler, Chief Executive Partner, Clayton Utz
Arthur Moses SC, President, Law Council of Australia

Dr. Teresa NicolettiPartnerMills Oakley
Maureen PeatmanPartner / PrincipalHunt & Hunt 

Brigid Clark, Senior Associate, Maddocks 




Leveraging the value of mentors for career advancement

Receiving tailored advice through mentorship is a useful resource when navigating career pathways and overcoming challenges. How do you make the most out of mentorships? This session will discuss: 

  • Best practices for mentorship in the workplace and where to find a mentor  
  • Creating networks within the industry  
  • Coaching and mentoring to assist with career development and planning 
  • Supporting the next generation: how to be a role model to younger peers  

Jackie O’BrienPartnerNorton Rose Fulbright 


Afternoon tea refreshments


PanelCultivating an inclusive and supportive workplace

How can law firms create an inclusive culture that embraces diversity? This panel will discuss: 

  • How have organisations implemented successful diversity and inclusion initiatives? 
  • Identifying, attracting and developing potential talent  
  • Creating career pathways to support women in leadership   
  • How to promote awareness and support for gender equality in the workplace 

Melissa Fenton,PartnerColin Biggers & Paisley
Tom HighnamPartnerAllens
Brett McGrathSenior AssociateGadens
Katrina Rathie, Partner in Charge, Sydney, King & Wood Mallesons 

Brigid Clark, Senior Associate, Maddocks 


Workshop: How to lead with resilience and confidence

Why is there a perception that women need to be masculine and unemotional in order to succeed as leaders? In this practical workshop, you will gain tools and strategies to becoming a resilient leader. 

  • Identifying which leadership style works best for you 
  • What are the skills you need to become an effective leader? 
  • How to make an impact in meetings and boardrooms 
  • How to communicate effectively and maintain a resilient mindset 

Louise Massey, Partner, Dentons 


Closing remarks from the chair and conference concludes